Notable Portland: 1/23–1/29


Thursday 1/23: Carmen Maria Machado reads from her new memoir In the Dream House. She is joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Verge. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 1/24: Astrologer Chani Nicholas reads from her new book You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance. She is joined in conversation by Cheryl Strayed, author of Brave Enough. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 1/25: Clark County Historical Museum and Artstra host the 2020 Unpublished Writers’ Day, featuring readings, workshops on writing and publishing, and information and activities for writers of all ages. Clark County Historical Museum, 11 a.m., free.

Corporeal Writing hosts LOOP, a quarterly reading series featuring a lineup of local authors including Daniel Elder, Michelle Goodman, Evan Knapp, and Signe Land. Corporeal Writing, 5 p.m., free.

Sunday 1/26: The Hour That Stretches presents Ringing in 2020 with a full bill of poets and spoken word performers, including Dan Raphael, Casey Bush, and Morgan Paige Hutchinson. Ford Food and Drink, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 1/28: Portland authors Rene Denfeld and Kimberly King Parsons read from and discuss their most recent books, The Butterfly Girl and Black Light, respectively. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/29: Crissy Van Meter reads from her new novel, Creatures. She is joined in conversation by Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.


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Emily Nelson is a writer, editor, and directionless postgrad based in Portland. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Fiction Attic, Ayaskala, and Writers Magazine. She is an ongoing contributor for the music blog half&half and for Drizzle Review, and recently served as an editorial intern with Tin House Books. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram. More from this author →